Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill

Sky Arts Ignition: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Irresistible…a bravura piece of theatrical invention.    The Irish Mail on Sunday 

Terrific team performances…a revelation   Sunday Business Post 


Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Mahagonny is a city founded by three stranded fugitives - ruthless entrepreneur Begbick and her henchmen Moses and Fatty - where cash is king and anything goes. The downtrodden and desperate flood in to savour the city’s delights and take their ease, reveling in joyous consumption and signing up to the rule of misrule until they discover the sting in the tail; in Mahagonny, the greatest crime of all is the inability to pay.

Irish soprano Claudia Boyle stared as the enigmatic hooker Jenny Smith, who lead the Albama Song; and the renegade ringleaders were sung by Anne Marie Gibbons (Begbick), John Molloy (Trinity Moses), and Ross Scanlon (Fatty the Procurator) with Julian Hubbard as the existential rebel Jimmy Mahoney. This project was the 2014 recipient of Sky Arts Ignition, part of Sky’s commitment to the cultural sector. Sky is supported the project through direct investment as well as on-air, marketing and digital support.

Tour Details

Jun 13 – 22, 2014 Dublin The Olympia Theatre

"excellent, thought-provoking Mahagonny"
Bachtrack Review 2014

Production Information


Jenny Smith Claudia Boyle
Leocadia Begbick Anne Marie Gibbons
Trinity Moses John Molloy
Fatty the Procurator Ross Scanlon
Jimmy Mahoney Julian Hubbard
Jacob Schmidt Eamonn Mulhall
Bank Account Billy Christopher Cull
Alaska Wolf Joe Julian Tovey
Toby Higgins Andrew Boushell

Creative Team

Conductor David Brophy
Director Lynne Parker
Costumes Consolata Boyle
Lighting Aedin Cosgrove

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